Parent Empowerment

Supreme Court tosses Maine’s ban on public funding for religious schools

This article appeared earlier today on bangordailynews.com. You can find a link to the full court decision here. A conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Maine’s ban on public funding for religious schools was unconstitutional and violated the free exercise clause of the First Amendment. The[Read More…]

West Virginia, businesses investing in innovative education options

With rising inflation and a stock market on the rocks, any big investment is worth watching. And with researchers reporting poor returns on student achievement in assigned schools during the pandemic, this makes any investment in education even more notable. So with venture capitalists betting big on Prenda last week,[Read More…]

SUFS president Doug Tuthill on new DeVos book, how the former education secretary exhibits grace under pressure

Former US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released a new book today called Hostages No More: The Fight for Education Freedom and the Future of the American Child. I’ve read the book and I like it. Hostages No More flows well and touches on most of the key topics readers[Read More…]

Tampa Bay school district to launch second combination magnet school, YMCA in Florida

Nearly a quarter century ago, Florida’s Lake Nona community near Orlando made history by being the first in the nation to combine its YMCA with a public elementary school. Today, the Pinellas County School District in the Tampa Bay area is poised to become home to the second such project[Read More…]

West Virginia sets an example for school choice

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday on Independent Women’s Forum. West Virginia has recently become the newest of only ten states to offer K-12 students the option of an Education Savings Account, a major step in furthering the education freedom movement in the state. According to its website, the Hope Scholarship is “an[Read More…]

Education Department launches ‘unprecedented’ parent council

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday on The 74. Recognizing a growing movement for parent rights in education, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Tuesday announced the creation of a new “Parents and Families Engagement Council.” The council will include representatives from 14 organizations that advocate for giving parents a voice in their[Read More…]

podcastED: Florida law enforcement dad grateful for scholarship expansion

On this episode, reimaginED Senior Writer Lisa Buie talks with Shawn McCormick, a Florida law enforcement officer, husband, and father of four. McCormick’s children became eligible for a Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options after the passage of House Bill 3, which extended eligibility to law enforcement families regardless of[Read More…]

Word for Word: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis re-emphasizes his commitment to education choice

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave the keynote address Friday at the Florida Parent Educators Association’s annual convention. DeSantis, who on Thursday signed two bills that make it easier for charter schools to open and operate and who last year signed the law enacting the nation’s largest expansion of education choice,[Read More…]